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Student Organizations

Your Opportunity to Gain Leadership Experience and Explore Professional Development Programs

student gathered outside working togetherBeing involved in organizations helps you meet other students with similar interests and provides opportunities to meet with faculty in informal settings. Prospective employers also look at your college activities to determine the leadership, problem solving and management skills you have developed.

College-Wide Organization

HES Doctoral Student Association (HES DSA)
HES DSA is an association for doctoral students in the College of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.College of Human Environmental Sciences
HES DSA Facebook page
Contact: Dalisha Herring, President
Advisor: Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire, (573) 882-6316

Department Organizations

The Association of Textile and Apparel Management offers students opportunities to engage in professional, social, and community service activities. ATAM invites guest speakers from various segments of the industry who discuss real world experiences. They take trips to companies offering students outside the classroom networking opportunities. Participation in the organizational activities and governance provides valuable leadership training.
Textile & Apparel Management
ATAM Web Page
Contact: Rebecca Potje, President
Advisor: Li Zhao
Bulletin board located outside 137 Stanley Hall
CLSA invites all undergraduate and graduate child life students to participate in the organization’s activities aimed at developing a fellowship among students in the major, encouraging exploration of professional roles and competencies, building leadership skills and providing service to the pediatric community. Members promote an awareness of the profession of child life and pediatric advocacy issues through involvement in events such as Child Life Month, Relay-for-Life, and volunteering at the Ronald McDonald house. The group also provides opportunities to participate in professional conferences and networking events.
Human Development and Family Science
CLSA Web Page
Contact: Alyssa Hake, President 2019-2020
Advisor: Nora Hager, (573) 884-5997
Meeting weekly and led by seniors majoring in Personal Financial Planning, FPA offers students an opportunity to develop leadership skills and to make professional contacts. Leaders in the financial planning profession come to speak to students to share their insights and experiences with the next generation of financial professionals. Students participating in FPSA begin to build their professional network, taking professional development trips to financial service businesses and professional meetings. In the past few years, students have planned and carried-out field trips to various large financial service marketplaces.
Personal Financial Planning
FPA Web Page
Contact: Clayton Foster, President
Advisor: Mary Dorn, MBA
GSA-TAM, as an association, facilitates professional knowledge creation, exchange of professional knowledge, and knowledge dissemination to society. The association extends travel and research fund opportunities to support graduate students contribution to the research community in various academic disciplines. It also recognizes the value of professional development for graduate students, and organizes various social and professional events to enhance one’s skills in their vitae. Further, GSA-TAM strongly believes in contributing to society, and hence participates in various community education events, philanthropic activities. The association also organizes various social events and activities for graduate students and their families. Thus GSA-TAM acts as a forum and resource center that encourages graduate students to maximize success in all endeavors.
Textile and Apparel Management
GSA-TAM Web Page
Contact: Muzhen Li, President
Advisor: Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire, (573) 882-6316
HDFS SA is open to all undergraduate students. Objectives are to promote fellowship among students, to provide a support network for those in HDFS, to explore career and job opportunities, and to provide services for the child development laboratory and/or community.
Human Development and Family Science
HDFS SA Web Page
Contact: Katarina Esser, President 2018-2019
Advisor: Beth Geyer, (573) 882-7072
MU-CFR is a student organization affiliated with the National Council on Family Relations, a professional organization for individuals who work with and study families and children. As an organization, MU-CFR supports students in their development as professionals who will enter careers that work with, or study, families and children. MU-CFR also provides a number of service opportunities throughout the year focused on helping local families and children (e.g., food drives, a resource for University students who are also parents, providing Christmas presents for a family in the community, etc.).
Human Development and Family Science Department
MU-CFR Web Page
Contact: Caroline Sanner, President
Advisors: Christine Proulx
NWO is composed of enthusiastic undergraduate and graduate students interested in Food Science and Human Nutrition and/or Physical Fitness. Monthly meetings promote positive interaction between students and faculty, provide opportunities to learn from guest speakers and to participate in adventurous field trips. NWO helps students explore the relationship between nutrition, wellness and health promotion.
Nutritional and Exercise Physiology
NWO Web Page
Contact: Anthony Hales, President
Advisor: Jennifer Bean, (573) 882-1929 and Sarah Buckallew, (573) 882-0012
The NEP Graduate Student Association exists to provide the graduate students in the department of NEP with representation and opportunities that otherwise would not be available. This includes representation to faculty meetings and campus-wide GSA and GPC clubs, which gives us a voice on both departmental and campus-wide issues. We also put on annual fundraising events, the proceeds of which are used to help get students to national and local conferences, where we can present original research. The overall goal of the NEP GSA is to make our graduate student experience as positive as possible.
Nutritional and Exercise Physiology
NEP GSA Web Page
Contact: Dain Jacobs, President
Advisor: Catherine Peterson, (573) 882-8690
SEDA is the student chapter for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), American Institute of Architects – Students (AIAS), and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). SEDA is open to all students in Environmental Design. The mission of SEDA is to encourage excellence in the practice of interior design, assist members to professionally serve the public, demonstrate the value of the profession and create a favorable environment for the practice of interior design. These goals are pursued through monthly meetings, including activities such as field trips, speakers and workshops. The organization participates in Habitat for Humanity builds, and other community projects. They visit a large city within the United States each year for the purpose of viewing architecture and touring architecture firms. Past trips include Chicago, New York City, Seattle, and Los Angeles. The student chapter has the benefit of being affiliated with the national organization, thus providing access to scholarships. SEDA provides members with opportunities to interact with professionals and learn more about their prospective profession.
Architectural Studies
SEDA Web Page
Contact: Kacia Cortopassi, President
Advisor: Michael Goldschmidt, (573) 884-0905 and Lyria Bartlett
Bulletin board located outside 137 Stanley Hall
USGBC is the University of Missouri chapter for the United States Green Building Association. Activities include events with the Kansas City and St. Louis chapters, socials with professionals in town (great networking experience!), Habitat for Humanity builds, study sessions for LEED accreditation and sustainable field trips.
Architectural Studies
USGBC Web Page
Contact: Austin Weidner, President
Advisor: Michael Goldschmidt, (573) 884-0905
Bulletin board located outside 137 Stanley Hall

Honorary Organizations

Membership is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students with 3.5 GPA or above. Kappa Omicron Nu is a national honor society that promotes scholarship, graduate study, and research. The local chapter activities include professional projects and guest speakers. Topics relate to professionalism and research.
Contact: Angela Robinson, President
Advisor: TBD
Phi U is a national professional organization for students who rank in the upper third of their class who have shown qualities of leadership and service. Members must have completed a minimum of 40 credit hours with a 3.0 GPA. The purposes are to recognize and encourage academic excellence, develop qualities of professional and personal leadership, provide opportunities for service to the profession, and to encourage professional and personal commitment in order to advance Human Environmental Sciences and related areas. Monthly meetings include guest speakers, professional and service projects, Founder’s Day activities, and fundraising events for scholarships.
Contact: Samantha Cohen, President
Advisor: TBD